What is The Yamathon?
The Yamathon is a charity challenge organized by International Volunteer Group (IVG), where teams of three or four people walk around the 29 stations of the Yamanote line, starting at Tokyo Tokia Building (close to Tokyo Station), in less than 12 hours, and take pictures of their team at each one of the stations. The Yamanote line is Japan’s busiest and most important commuter rail line which circles the capital.
Why do teams have to have 3 to 4 members?
For safety reasons (overcrowding on footpaths, etc.) and Japan’s Traffic Rules the team size is limited to a maximum of 4 people. We realize that it may be a problem for some people to get a team of 4 people together, so to make it easier to join our event you can even apply with 3 members!
Is there a fee?
Yes. The fee is 10,000 JPY per team.
Do I also need to raise money for the Yamathon?
Yes. Teams MUST also fundraise at least 10,000JPY.
When is the registration closing date?
Closing date for registrations is on Friday 5th May 2017 at 18:00PM (Japan time). However, we have a total of 200 teams for Tokyo Yamathon 2017. We reserve the right to close registrations when we reach 200 teams.
Where is the start/finish line?
The Tokyo Yamathon will start and finish at Tokyo TOKIA Building – only 3 minutes from Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit.
The Half-Yamathon will start at Tokyo TOKIA Building and will finish at JR Mejiro Station.
How long is the Yamanoteroute?
Those who are navigational geniuses may complete the event in 38km. Others who follow the train line may take 44km. It really depends on which route you take. We encourage shortcuts, as long you take a picture outside all 29 stations!
How long will it take?
A gentle walking pace would probably take about 12 hours, depending on how well your team plan the route.
Will we have access to a map?
Smartphone users will be sent an online Google map before the event. Teams can also request a printed map. However, the suggested route is really just a guide to help you plan a course. You are allowed to make as many shortcuts as long as you visit all 29 stations.
Part of the challenge is navigating for yourself!
Can our team run?
The Yamathon is not a marathon event, therefore, we do not encourage running. If you do run, please follow the traffic rules whenever necessary. Obey all traffic laws and traffic signals. Obey any instructions given by police. There will be no road closures and teams will use the everyday pavements (sidewalks) of Tokyo alongside other road users. You must follow our safety guidelines and all team members must finish together as a team.
Will our team be disqualified if we do not complete the Yamathon in 12 hours?
12 hours is a target time and something to aim for, but IVG volunteers will be waiting for you at the finish line until late evening. The time limit for all teams to finish will be 21:30. If you cannot finish within this time, your team will be disqualified.
For the half Yamathon, the time limit for all teams to finish will be 15:00. The venue will close at 16:00.
What it is the schedule for the day itself?
07:15: Teams will arrive with all their team members at the entrance to Tokyo Tokia Building (3 mins walk from Tokyo Station Marunouchi South Exit) to register their teams.
At 07:45, we will hold a short opening ceremony.
08:00: Teams will be released in groups with a staggered start. Team leaders will be given an electronic chip which will give teams an official start time.
During the challenge: Participants must visit all 29 stations. If you do not visit every station your team will be disqualified.
Finishing point: Make your way back to the starting point at Tokyo Tokia Building. We will record the results and announce official times and rankings after the event.
How do I raise money for the Yamathon?
You can create an online fundraising page with Japan Giving. You can use social media to help you get the word out. See Ideas and Tips for Successful Personal Fundraising page for more ideas.
Why do I need to contact my family and friends?
We need your help for the children Plan Internationalhelps. By sharing your reasons for supporting us with your family and friends, you build awareness of Plan’s work and generate support to theirprograms.
Why would my friends and family want to contribute?
Those who care about you want to see you succeed. When you help spread the word about the Yamathon and Plan’s work, sharing your compassion and commitment, we hope it will resonate with them, too.
Is it complicated to ask for donations?
Reaching out to your family and friends is easy. We’ve made it convenient for you to communicate via email and social media, using a pre-written, downloadable message.
How will the registration and donations from my family and friends be spent?
100% of your team registration (3.6% credit card transaction fee may apply) and the money you fundraise on Japan Giving will go to Plan International – an International NGO working with communities in many countries to alleviate child poverty so that children can realize their full potential-, and to their development project we are supporting.
You can watch the video below for more information:
How can I use social media to better broadcast my campaign ?
Donate your Facebook status for a day as: “I have joined the Yamathon to support Plan International’s work on Sri Lanka and am asking my friends and family to help support this cause by contributing at www.japangiving.jp/XXX.” Or, include #Yamathon2017 in your Tweets to connect with other Yamathonteams. Post a link to the Yamathon registration page on your blog, video blog or any other social media outlooks you use and share a story with your networks about this campaign
When is the fundraising deadline?
By Friday 5th May 2017 your team must have fundraised, minimum, 10,000.
What happens if I don’t raise the fundraising target by the deadline?
Teams who do not fundraise the minimum 10,000JPY before the deadline date will not be eligible to take part in Tokyo Yamathon.
For more information on the fundraising deadline date, please see our registration page.
How is Plan International improving the lives of children in need around the world?
Plan works to create a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls by empowering children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability, by driving change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face, by working with children and communities to prepare and respond to crises and to overcome adversity, and by supporting safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood.
Which program of Plan International will receive the funds raised by the Yamathon?
The funds raised by your team would contribute to the development of an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) project that Plan implements in Sri Lanka that aims to ensure the right to quality education and life skills in a school in the region of Anuradhapura – a school that has been neglected for more than 27 years and where educational resources have not been updated, and children at this school have not been able to access ICT learning opportunities due to the unavailability of computers facilities. The lack of computer literacy is a key factor on perpetuating poverty as it has become one of the basic qualification to move ahead in education and in the labor market. Therefore, with the funds raised by the Yamathon, we will be contributing to the construction of the IT lab in the school!
INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER GROUP – IVG
What is IVG?
Founded in 2007, the International Volunteer Group (IVG) is, like its name states, an international group of English-speaking volunteers living in Japan.
Yes! We come from Japan, UK, Canada, India, US, Australia, and a host of other countries.
And, Yes! We are volunteers – we work hard to come up with fantastic ideas to raise funds for people and projects that need them.
Why is IVG supporting Plan International project in Sri Lanka?
Because all of us at IVG believe that one of the most powerful tools for empowering individuals and communities is making certain that any individual who wants to receive a quality education can do so, especially children!. “Every child should have the opportunity to receive a quality education”, since we believe that a quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on poverty.